Subject: Re: emuns on ARM: What should we do?
To: None <>
From: Ben Harris <>
List: port-arm
Date: 01/21/2002 16:00:39
On Sat, 19 Jan 2002, Richard Earnshaw wrote:

> > Reasons why we should not use -fshort-enums:
> >  * Enum membership changes cause ABI changes, and hence library major
> >    number changes at unexpected times.
> Can cause.  Will only affect enums that cross a size boundary, and only if
> the designers haven't thought about the issue in advance.  Even then, the
> most likely source of failure will be if the enum values are used in
> structures that are used in a visible public interface.

There are at least some of these in NetBSD at present.  Some of them
currently end up being the wrong size if you turn on -fshort-enums.

> >  * Enums will tend to be types that are slow to load and store  on ARMv3,
> >    which is our default compiler target.
> Most enums that I've seen are in the range 0-255; very few will need more
> than this.

I'm probably biased (having been looking at particularly awkward ones
lately), but I think I've seen all of the possible ranges at various
places in our source tree.

Ben Harris                                                   <>
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